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Last of the Summer Wine

5.9, Trad, 205 ft, 3 pitches,  Avg: 2 from 1 vote
FA: Paul Ross ,Chris Bonington (Var Leads),Pete Greenwood, Denis Peare Sept 30 1989
International > Europe > United Kingdom > England > Lake District > Borrowdale Valley > Gowder Crag

Description

Not the best climb on the crag but solid climbing on all the pitches,however an interesting group of climbers were involved in this first ascent.A direct line up the left side of the crag. The main difficulties on P2 are short but committing. Starts up a crack just right of the start of Fools Paradise.P1).Climb the groove on the right as for Fools (p2b) then continue up the steep crack to an oak tree belay.75'5.7(4c)P2)Climb directly up broken cracks above the blay to a large block at 25'. From the top of the block committing move over a bulge,then easier climbing leads to a small oak on a ledge. 65' 5.9. P3)From the belay ledge ,traverse a few feet to the right passing under the finale arete of Kaleidoscope ,to a holly tree. Climb straight up from the Holly using cracks to a bulge which is climbed on its left . easy climbing to the top. 65'5.7+

Location

Behind the Lodore Hotel. See FRCC Guide to Borrowdale.

Protection

Normal rack cams and stoppers.

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Pete Greenwood on FA Last of the Summer Wine 1989. In the 1950's Pete was one of the top rock climbers in the country
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Chris Bonington and Pete Greenwood on the first ascent
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Chris on the First Ascent
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The team on the summit of Gowder crag. L to R Denis Peare,Chris Bonington,Pete Greenwood,Paul Ross.Lake Derwentwater below with the town of Keswick at the head of the lake ,with Skiddaw mountain as a back drop..Photo .Chris Bonington
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Chris on the Crux
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Chris Bonington pondering the crux
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